Members of the House of Representatives have been asked to cut short their week-long break in order to hold an emergency session on Friday over the alleged $3 million caught-on-camera subsidy bribery scandal.
The House’s clerk, Mr. M.A. Sani Omolori, announced that the Reps will be reconvening for an emergency session set for Friday, 15 June at 10 a.m.
It is the second emergency session for the House this year. The first was on January 8 when lawmakers gathered for an emergency session, following the fuel subsidy removal that sparked nationwide protests.
The subsidy crisis led to the creation of an eight-man panel headed by Hon. Farouk Lawan, tasked with investigating the fuel subsidy management.
Friday’s meeting will now probe allegations that Lawan, chairman of the House of Reps ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management, demanded and received bribes from an oil marketer, Femi Otedola, chairman of Zenon Oil in connection to committee’s work.
Otedola, who has been forthcoming with aiding police investigation, claimed that Lawan had demanded $3 million in bribes from him in order to make sure Zenon stays off the list of fraudulent oil marketers.
The Zenon boss claims he joined forces with security operatives to embark on a sting operation to expose Lawan.
He claims he made two payments of $250,000 bribe to Lawan, using marked bills given to him by security operatives and capturing the bribery incident on spy camera.
While lawmakers are set to investigate the bribery allegations on Friday, civil society groups and labour unions have urged the Federal Government to follow through on implementing the final subsidy probe report, asking that the bribery allegations not derail justice.